Super Falcons whitewash Gambia to Qualify for Women Afcon

Desire Oparanozie netted four times and Asisat Oshoala added a brace as the Super Falcons obliterated Gambia 6-0 to qualify on a 7-0 aggregate for the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations.

Big striker Oparanozie blasted past goalkeeper Aminata Gaye from the spot in the second minute to get the party started after Francisca Ordega was brought down in the box by Nenneh Jallow.

The pressed for a leveller but could not get past the experienced Nigerian rear guard of Faith Michael, Ngozi Ebere, Osinachi Ohale and Skipper Onome Ebi.

Ngozi Okobi was imperious in midfield, orchestrating brilliantly with intelligent play and passes, and her clever knock–down in the box in the 45th minute allowed Oshoala to drive home Nigeria’s second.

Oparanozie knocked in her second and Nigeria’s third in the 48th minute, and although Penda Bah, Adama Tamba, Isatou Jallow Mam Drammeh and substitute Clarra Gomez tried to fashion a different approach, the 2016 Women AFCON final goalscorer hit the fourth for the Falcons in the 62nd minute to knock the Gambians cold.

Substitute Halimatu Ayinde failed to connect with the net gaping after a brilliant Ordega pull-out in the 72nd minute, but Oshoala quickly made amends for that and several other misses with a trademark solo run and strike two minutes later.

Oparanozie, at her destructive best, rifled into the far corner after her initial effort was blocked, to make it 6-0 with six minutes left.

The Falcons will be defending their crown later this year against the likes of Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Zambia, South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon.

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